Araabmuzik at Body English In what’s likely the most interesting Body English booking of 2014, the newly relaunched weekly Bassment will present a set by Rhode Island-based electronic/hip-hop act Araabmuzik, who famously uses an AKAI MPC drum machine to make beats on the fly and trigger samples. His dramatic, booming and often ethereal sounds ought to raise the eyebrows of the unsuspecting. Locals King and Wizdumb support. November 12, doors at 10:30 p.m., $20 men, $10 women, locals with guest-list RSVP free before midnight.
Battle Thursdays at Sayers Club LA import the Sayers Club blurs the line between nightclub and live music venue, and once a week the space fully embodies that spirit, when live drummer and DJ duos perform simultaneously, effectively squaring off against each other at the intimate SLS space. November 13, 10:30 p.m., doors at 7 p.m., 702-761-7618 for free guest list.
After.World with Halo at Artistic Armory Last month’s After debut at the southwestern art warehouse with Spanish producer/DJ Coyu was one of the best parties of the year, offering an intimate, tourist-free and DIY alternative to the McClub experience on the Strip. San Diego’s Halo Varga headlines the follow-up all-nighter with support from locals Justin Baule and Spacebyrdz and another Barcelona-based act, Dance Spirit (scheduled to perform live). November 15, doors at 11:30 p.m., $20.
Turkey Toss at Made L.V. Some call it “bags,” others “baggo” or the literal “bean bag toss.” Whatever you call it, cornhole has become a tailgate tradition almost as American as apple pie and Bruce Springsteen. With no UNLV football to pregame this weekend, you can still compete at the Tivoli Village eatery this Saturday with its 10-board, double-elimination tourney and a 2-for-$5 PBR tallboy special. November 15, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $20 per team, sign-ups at facebook.com/MadeLVTavern.
BassJackers at Light “Raise Those Hands” Friday at the Mandalay Bay danceteria, where the Dutch DJ and producer duo will be—what else?—jacking the bass with big-room house beats into the wee hours of the night. November 15, doors at 10 p.m., $40+ men, $20+ women.
MSTRKRFT at Brooklyn Bowl MSTRKRFT’s post-Death From Above 1979 DJ set is a natural booking given that both acts share member Jesse F. Keeler, who has a knack for making both rock and electronic dance music sound raucous, sexy and thrilling. Bonus: Attend the earlier DFA1979 live show and stay to dance with MSTRKRFT for free. November 15, doors at 11:30 p.m., $22.
Mark Knight at Life Mark Knight is no stranger to Las Vegas househeads, the British groove guru, Grammy-nominated producer/remixer and Toolroom label/party founder having played spots like Marquee and the recently shuttered Haze, to say nothing of the Electric Daisy Carnival main stage. Nonetheless, his local appearances are a must-attend, especially in a slightly more intimate space like Life. November 16, doors at 10:30 p.m., $25, locals free.
Beats, Rhymes and Video Games at Insert Coin(s) No, attentive reader, this isn’t A Tribe Called Quest tribute night. The Fremont East barcade’s winking nod to the legendary hip-hop act’s 1996 award-toured album (and 2011 documentary film) will actually showcase a live performance from local hip-hop up-and-comer Chop808 and DJ sets from venue regulars Charlie Darker and Silent John. November 16, doors at 8 p.m., free.